Uptake of PCV13 Low Among Seniors — Physician’s First Watch

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July 14, 2017

Uptake of PCV13 Low Among Seniors

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Two years after the CDC began recommending that seniors get the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), many hadn't received it, according to an MMWR article.

In 2014, the agency recommended that adults aged 65 and older receive the PCV13 vaccine in a series with the previously recommended 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23). Using Medicare claims data, researchers found that by 2016, 43% of beneficiaries had received at least one dose of PPSV23, 32% had received at least one PCV13 dose, and 18% had received both.

Pneumococcal vaccination was more common among patients who were older, were white, or had chronic medical conditions.

The authors note that up to 25% of cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in seniors are caused by serotypes covered only by PCV13.

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